Fast Patrol Craft

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Fast Patrol Craft

General Information

The Shaldag-class patrol boat is a small but fast class of patrol boats developed by Israeli Shipyards for the Israeli Navy and launched in 1989, it has since seen service with several other navies.

The vessels are armed with a Typhoon Weapon station, mounting a Bushmaster M242 and electro-optics systems. They are equipped with foredeck and aftdeck rings for Oerlikon 20 mm cannon and a single gun mount.

The Shaldag Mark II variants are equipped with Spike ER surface-to-surface missiles.[1]IMDEX 2019: Israel Shipyards integrates SPIKE ER missile system on Shaldag Mk II

The Shaldag MK II is designed for coastal protection as well as for rivers, while the Shaldag MK V is, among other things, designed for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) protection missions.

Shaldag class patrol boats were exported among others to Azerbaijan, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and Sri Lanka.

In 2020, the Philippines acquired eight Shaldag-class Mark V patrol boats from Israeli Shipyards. The first three boats are being expected to be delivered in the beginning of 2022.[2]Philippine Navy to receive first three Shaldag Mk V patrol boats in Q1 2022

Variations: MK I, MK II , MK III , MK IV , MK V

During Operation Protective Edge, the Israel Navy Shaldag class patrol boat made targeted strikes on Gaza from the Mediterranean Sea. (Photo: Israeli Army)

Use by Israeli Forces

At least five Shaldag MK-III are in use by Israeli Navy since 2005. They are including MTU motors with KaMeWa pumps from Sweden.

Two Shaldag vessels are operating at the maritime Gaza border at any given time.[3]Sea Risks : The work of the Israeli Navy

In 2005, an Israeli Shaldag vessel shot a fisher-boat near the Gaza coast, killing a 22-year old fisherman.[4]Navy took down Palestinian Fisgher boat that opened fire At least 10 more incidents like that happened, involving Shaldag boats.[5]Fire deep in the sea : the commando at the Gaza coast

Shaldag vessels were used in the second Lebanon war, at operations “Pillar of Defense” in 2012 and in operation “Protective Edge” in 2014 in Gaza.

Shaldag vessels were used in the 2021 war in Gaza, called by Israel “Operation Guardian of the Walls”.[6]Israel Navy official youtube page : Guardian of the walls

Policemen searching the body of a Palestinian fisherman shot by an Israeli Shaldag vessel near Gaza in 2005. (Photo:AP)